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April in December
Tuesday, December 13, 2016





In 1975 when my wife, two daughters and I moved from Mexico City to Vancouver it was a shocking new territory for us. We adjusted little by little to life here.

Because we had little money we rented a town house in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby. It had a large basement with a garage. I converted the basement garage into a studio and the rest of the it into a very nice dark room. In Mexico I had a darkroom in a bathroom. Here I had a darkroom with a bathroom.

To no avail was I able to find a job as a photographer so for a couple of years I worked at Tilden Rent-a-Car on Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver.

A Filipino friend told me that Vancouver had a clothing optional beach called Wreck Beach by the University of British Columbia. I decided to  explore it.

My wife did not approve of the fact that I seemed to waste my spare time at the beach in the summer. I could not explain to her that my menial job with its revolving shifts left we wasted.

It was in Wreck Beach that I discovered a liking to taking pictures of unclothed women. I watched photographers do it and how their models were willing subjects.

I was befriended by a few souls who said they lived in a nearby area called Kitsilano. They told me this is where Vancouver’s hippies hung out. In fact there was a hippy publication called the Georgia Straight that had its headquarters on 4th Avenue which was the core area for hippies who liked to drink their red zinger tea at the Soft Rock Café.

My first willing subject for the kind of photography I was keen on was a lovely woman called April. I took many photographs of her and I must stress here that I had no idea of what I was doing. I used my screw mount Pentaxes loaded with Kodak B+W infrared film or with a then experimental and very sharp Kodak b+w film (designed for solar flare photography) called Special Order 410.

What you see here is a scan of three frames from a contact sheet in which I used that infrared film. The reason for my placing it here is that I have to mention how time has a way of becoming a loop.
My youngest daughter, her husband and two daughters have moved to Burnaby and this 74 year-old man and his Rosemary are now living in Kitsilano. I have Kodak B+W Infrared Film in my fridge. I wonder where April is this December.

April in October at the Safeway counter



     

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2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17

3/12/17 - 3/19/17

3/19/17 - 3/26/17

3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

7/30/17 - 8/6/17

8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17

8/27/17 - 9/3/17

9/3/17 - 9/10/17

9/10/17 - 9/17/17

9/17/17 - 9/24/17

9/24/17 - 10/1/17